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Empowering! This photo of a tricycle driven by a deaf man in Mexico, Pampanga is currently making rounds in social media. It already has more than 10,000 likes and nearly 2,500 shares in Facebook courtesy of Philippine Star as of this writing. Passengers can point to the location where he/she wants to drop off.
“Having such condition, he still works for his family. Such an inspiring person,” says Alyoza Malig Bondoc, the woman who posted the photo on Facebook.
I just wish they also posted the name of the deaf. Nevertheless, he’s truly amazing! :-)
Good news to all our Filipino Deaf friends out there. The very elusive board examination for teachers has been conquered by a lady! Her name is Mary Catherine Dela Torre. Most of the deaf after graduating from a bachelors degree in education, will land as teacher aide without any assurance of becoming a regular teacher, unless they pass the licensure exam. Now, it can be done!
I’m not saying that she is the first board exam passer. I know of two persons who successfully made it in the past. But one unique thing about Mary Catherine is that she came from a regular college in Iloilo City (Central Philippine University) without the aid of an interpreter although she comfortably communicates in sign language. Also, she broke the tremendous odds by enrolling in a good review school which had helped her a lot. But the best part of it all is the all out support of her loving mother which was always there helping her through her lessons and examinations.
Mary Catherine, thank you very much for inspiring other deaf that they too can pass the test. This blogger salutes you! :-)
* – This Abs-Cbn breaking news video is in Filipino language without an English subtitle.
Guys, may I interest you again with another successful Filipino deaf entrepreneur, Emil Zion Punzalan. As one of the proud products of MCCID, he has ventured into a field where communication is a non-issue and the entire world is his portrait. He was recently featured in Manila Bulletin. I reposted the article below.
By Jojie Alcantara
Published: May 7, 2013
In history, many hearing-impaired people have worked professionally as photographers for decades. Several of them have stood out with their eye for details and visual impact while living in a silent world.
Emil Zion Punzalan from Sampaloc, Manila accepted his diploma in Business Technology at the Manila Christian Computer Institute of the Deaf back in 2003.
“When I graduated college with a computer course, my grandparents were a little worried about what job I would get since I am deaf,” he explains. “They pushed me to photography, encouraged me to attend seminars. With the course I finished, plus photography which complemented it, I ended up as a photographer. I found pleasure in it and made a career out of it.”
He has no particular favorite subject or theme. “Ideas are everywhere. I love to capture still life, animals, food, landscape, aerial, people, travel, seascapes, and more. The possibilities are endless and I do a little bit of everything to keep myself shooting.”
For Zion, an effective photography is when the photographer transforms lifeless shots to amazing images.
“The photographer’s mood is important in coming out with good pictures. It sets the atmosphere of the piece, evokes happiness or sadness, creating an emotion. The moods of my shots are varied.”
He has joined several photo contests and won: gold medal in NCR Abilympics Skills Competition in 2005; bronze medal in the 12th National Skills Competition in 2005; and Pixoto hailed him as one of the Best Photographers of the Year 2012.
“My goal as a visual artist is to be able to create an image that is even better and beautiful than the actual subject I am shooting,” he says.
“Creativity is the best thing about being a photographer. How you compose a shot will tell the whole story – showing faces, expressions, movements, moods, situations, and experiences. For me, the most basic and most important factors are good lighting and exposure. I create the mood with lighting.”
He continues, “Exposure is the amount of light entering my camera. It describes how light or how dark the photographs are. Underexposure is when photos come out too dark, overexposure is when photos come out too light or washed out. However, slightly underexposed and overexposed images can be great for artistic or stylistic reasons. They may be visually appealing.”
Appealing may be more than one way to describe Zion’s images. Adjusting above auditory disabilities, he creates and composes images as though they were paintings infused with vivid hues that jump out from a canvas. In a silent but colorful world, he soars beyond his limits.
“For me, photography is beyond capturing family memories or documenting an event. It offers a chance to be creative. It is an expression using lighting, color, depth, content, and composition to make photographs into more than snapshots,” he says.
Now at 30, Zion looks forward to his coming inspiration with eager anticipation, the birth of his first born baby this June.
For those who are in need of professional photography and other related services, I highly recommend his services. Go to his Official Facebook page to know more about how to get in touch with Zion. :-)
This is a re-post from a Manila Bulletin newspaper article appeared last January 16 written by Genevieve Rivadelo. The two women featured here are Rowena Rivera and Maffy Gaya, the two remarkable deaf ladies I was with during our recent trip to Sydney, Australia.
MANILA, Philippines — A woman with a disability is more likely to face the threat of being a victim of violence, may it be sexual, physical or emotional, than most other women and persons with disability.
Inequality due to gender differences and the presence of a disability may prevent women with disabilities from recognizing their real worth and exercising their right to be treated with equal respect and dignity as the rest of society.
Last November, the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) organized “Eliminate Violence Against Women with Disabilities” participated in by mostly persons with disabilities (PWDs), government representatives, PWD advocates from non-government organizations, and other stakeholders. The highlight of this event was the viewing of digital stories of two deaf women, students of the University of the Philippines, who bravely shared their stories growing up deaf in a hearing world.
SPEAKING WITH HANDS
As these two deaf women “speak” through their hands, it was clear that they were oppressed in ways that challenged how society views violence, which happens even in our own homes and inflicted by people closest to us.
When people who are supposed to believe in them judge them as inadequate; when they are made to believe that their only value is to be of service to other family members and not as part of the workforce in spite of their skills and competencies; when they are taunted, rejected and simply ignored — these are tantamount to violence against their person and their worth, their feelings of significance in a world that is deaf to their plight.
When the deaf speak, we should listen. They only shout in silence if we refuse to hear their message that rings loud and clear — any form of violence against women with disabilities should not be tolerated.
Sam Chittick, governance adviser of AusAID, reported that in one study of 245 women with disabilities, 40 percent had experienced abuse, 12 percent got raped. This statistic is higher for women without disabilities where only 20 percent experience abuse, and only one percentwould be related to sexual violence.
There may be many other cases of abuse among women with disabilities, but these are not reported. In the case of the deaf victim, aside from the emotional, physical and psychological trauma she has undergone, she may not be able to communicate and express what she has gone through in a hearing world that is most of the time apathetic to the plight of deaf women.
We can choose to hear the deaf speak by supporting AusAID’s campaign to end violence against women with disabilities.
In cooperation with the Philippine Commission on Women, AusAID launched “Blow the Whistle on Violence Against Women (VAW),” an advocacy campaign, both symbolic and practical, to end any form of violence against women with disabilities. Everyone is entitled to a life free from violence and a voice to speak, even if that voice can only be heard if we choose to listen.
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A PARTYLIST representative is pushing for the creation of call centers for the deaf or hearing-impaired people.
Bagong Henerasyon Partylist Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy said that she will be filing a legislative measure requiring business establishments like fastfood chains and government agencies to put up call centers for hearing and speech impaired persons to cater to an estimated three to four million hearing-impaired Filipinos.
Herrera-Dy congratulated 30 physically-able persons who completed the two-month video relay service training program in Makati City.
She said the success of the initial VRS training has prompted the partylist organization to pursue similar programs in various local government units.
“It is the right of individuals with vocal and audiological impairment to be heard. Being able to communicate and be understood are human entitlements that must not be denied,” she stressed.
The VRS program includes sign language proficiency training and video relay computer program education, the main components of call center services for the deaf.
The VRS centers have started mushrooming in the United States and other countries that have strong government programs for persons with disabilities.
The VRS training was conducted by the Bagong Henerasyon partylist through George Taylor and his sister, Kat. Himself suffering from impaired hearing, George heads the Telecommunication Service Network for the Deaf.